Role of Fluoride in Dental Caries and Risk Management

Ana Maria Acevedo DDS, MSc, PhD

Dental caries is the single most common, chronic oral disease of childhood. It is progressive and cumulative, and becomes more complex with time.

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Contemporary caries management philosophy has changed from the traditional surgical approach to a physician model that emphasizes prevention.  Among various strategies for caries management, fluoride therapy has been highly promoted.  Dental professionals need to identify and assess the caries risk level of patients and optimize the use of fluorides as part of dental caries management. Since multiple sources of fluoride exposure exist, a coordinated approach to fluoride delivery and safety is essential.

Learning objectives:

Upon completion of reading these articles, the clinician will be able to:

  • Know the new concept of dental caries its etiology and risk factors
  • Know how Fluoride control dental caries and its mechanism of action
  • Know the effectiveness and limitations of fluoride in the control of dental caries
  • New concept how to improve dental caries prevention and risk control